The Eagle River is a freestone tributary to the Colorado River, containing similar aquatic life. Its headwaters lie high in the White River National Forest, along Highway 24. These upper stretches are best for pocket water fishing with dry flies, and small nymphs. The majority of the public access for the Eagle is found along I-70 between the towns of Minturn, and Gypsum. A river map showing public access areas can be useful when fishing the Eagle due to a high number of short public stretches divided by private land. Despite its close proximity to I-70, the Eagle remains a top notch fishery, boasting beautiful views, and trophy sized rainbows.
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River Flow (Cubic Feet Per Second):
Flows in Gypsum have dropped from about 2000 CFS down to near 1000 CFS over the last week.
Water Temperature (degrees F):
low 50's through mid mid 60's
2.5' or better recenlty, heavy preciptitation can change this quickly, especially below Walcott.
Current Food Sources:
golden stonefly nymphs | Yellow Sallies |PMDs | caddis larva/pupa/adults | midges | worms | small fish, leeches, etc. |
Flies to Try:
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TDJ Golden Stone size 12-16 | Pat's Rubber Legs olive/brown, or coffee size 8-12 | Euro Jig Nymph olive, or brown size 14 | Charlie's CHRONIC CADDIS chartreuse | Tungsten Yellow Sally size 16-18 | Tungsten cdc hare's Ear size 14-18 | Sparkle Wing RS2 grey, or olive size 18-20 | Bead Head Gummy Worm | Zebra midge white, purple, or black |
Chubby Chernobyl olive or tan size 6-14 | KK's Henneberry Hopper size yellow size 10-12 | Elk Hair Caddis size 12-18, olive, brown, or black | Parachute Adams size 16-22 | | Parachute Extended Body PMD or BWo size 16-20 | Matthew's Sparkle Dun bwo or PMD size 18-20 | size 20-22 CDC Morgan's Midge | Solitude Midge olive or black size 18-24
Galloup’s Dungeon white or black | Baby Gonga (olive, black, rainbow trout, and brown trout colors) | Thin Mint size 4-8 | Articulated Goldie | Wooly Buggers (olive, black, white) | Pine Squirrel Leeches (black, purple, red) | slump busters in white
guide tip of the week:
Flows on the Eagle have dropped to about half the volume we where seeing last week, and water temps are in the perfect zone to trigger hatches of aquatic insects. We are currently seeing hatches of large golden stoneflies, Yellow Sallies, caddis, PMDs, a few Baetis, and midges. A 3 to 4 foot deep hopper-dropper rig, featuing golden stonefly nymphs, and caddis pupa is currently a great rig to fish here.
A good day on the river doesn't always mean you have to catch a million fish. Michael Heffez got out with our seasond guide Adam Morgan for a day of walk and wading on the Eagle recently. He described it as a tough day of fishing, but found it to be very rewarding hooking into a few solid trout using new techniques he was learning from Adam. A monster Rainbow Trout he hooked eluded the net, but this "torpedo" of a brown trout found its way into Michael's hands. We'll see ya next time!
Thanks to our guide Matt Campanella, for the stepping out of his back door in Edwards, and capturing this quick water conditions video for us!
No Surprise here our guide John Spriggs was out on the water again, and wrote up the following report.....
Floating the Eagle river is always a treat because It has tremendous bug life, and the average fish size near Eagle, Co is impressive! It is most famous for the prolific Caddis hatches that come off in the spring and early summer. The Eagle has excellent dry fly fishing for brown and rainbow trout. The float fishing season is fantastic but short and runs from April-July in most years. The Eagle can be wade fished year round and has excellent public access to the river below Wolcott and above Edwards.
Fished pretty well! Still had to work for them, but the fish were eating, when you found them! The streamer bite wasn’t consistent but certainly moved plenty of fish with black colored streamers moving the most!
Weather Conditions: Sunny and to overcast, 60
Water Clarity: off color 1-1.3 feet
Water Temp: 43-48
Trout Holding: Fish were holding tight against the banks in softer water, seams, buckets and some riffles if the river speed was slow enough to hold.
Guide tip of the Day
If there are any clouds, throw on a sculpzilla and chuck towards the banks and off the drops, you might just stick the fish of your life! Also, be ready for the caddis to start coming
Photos from the John Spriggs report:
One word.... Majestic.
QUICK FACT: checking out the bug life is both fun, and benificial to your fly selections. The boys found some Baetis nymphs, and a cream colored midge larva on these rocks.
Reaping the rewards.
A day on the water seems like just the the thing we all need about now.
Take a minute to read our latest blog by our guide Matt "Campy" Campanella, which covers a recent outing he had on the Eagle. He gives a detailed breakdown of a day on the water here.
Water clarity in Edwards on May 1, reports are coming in that it is quite a bit worse today.
Our guide Matt "Campy" Campanella eases his mind, while fishing his back yard, AKA the Eagle River. Flies of the day were the size 16-18 Parachute Adams, Griffith's Gnat 16-18, and the Sparkle Wing RS2 in black and grey size 18-22.
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